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January/February  2022

President’s Message

Dear ISRNM Friends and Colleagues,
2021 has remained a very challenging year in the face of COVID-19 and latest Omicron but we are hopeful and optimistic that the situation will improve in the near future.
As we begin 2022, I would like to thank you for your continuous support, engagement and collaborations with the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism (ISRNM). I would like to acknowledge all the efforts and contributions from the ISRNM Executive Committee, Council, Associate Council, J Renal Nutrition Co-Editors-in-chief, Various Committees, and Vital Base Team in the last year!

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Mission

As a global organization, we aim to advance global care in nutrition and metabolism in patients with kidney disease through education, advocacy, research, collaborations and dissemination of evidenced-based knowledge.

 

Vision

We, as an international Society, aspire to optimize the health status and life of patients with kidney disease worldwide through improved care in renal nutrition and metabolism.

Sharing of new recipes

To start afresh in 2022, I am very delighted to share with you interesting recipes prepared by our Patients’ Resources Committee and friends/colleagues from ISRNM network.  Thanks to Ms Dupin Estelle from France and Ms Shiho Kosaka, Atsuko Sawamura, Haruka Kurosawa, Misaki Yanagita, Sakura Kawano, and Yuka Kawate from Japan Kyoto team for providing very nice recipes and videos of these recipes to celebrate the NEW YEAR!

 

Click here to see all the recipes

Rescheduled Date of the 20th Congress of ISRNM to 2022 June 16-19 in GuangZhou, China.
Mark Your Calendar & Save the Date

We would like to make the first announcement of the rescheduled date of the 20th congress of the ISRNM 16-19 June 2022, in GuangZhou, China (Congress President: Dr. Yu Xue Qing, China). As we are concerned with everyone’s safety and the omicron’s situation, the coming congress will be held in a hybrid format.
The link to the Congress Website and abstract submission website will be available soon in our website.
We look forward to seeing you at the coming Congress on 16-19 June 2022!

Release of New Article Bites – 2022 Jan Issue

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In this month, our Education Committee has selected the following articles for our monthly Article Bites:
Available in: English and Chinese

  • Commonly Prescribed Medications in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Contain Phosphorus

  • Phosphorus-Containing Food Additives are common in the Finnish Food Supply-An Audit of Products on Supermarket Shelves

  • Dietary App-Supported Tele-Counseling Improves Sodium Intake, Diet Quality, and Blood Pressure in Patients with Diabetes and Kidney Disease

  • The Accumulation of Gut Microbiome–derived Indoxyl Sulfate and P-Cresyl Sulfate in Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Intensive Individualized Nutrition Counseling May Improve Nutritional Status and Kidney Function in Patients with CKD

  • Protein-Energy Wasting (PEW) and Mortality Risk Prediction Among Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Glycine increases fat-free mass in malnourished hemodialysis patients

  • Circulating microbial signatures may be linked to cardiovascular death in hemodialysis patients

Click here to view the Article Bites

Changeover to a New Council in June 2022 Congress and Call for Nomination and Election for the New Council

The current Executive Committee and Council of ISRNM are honoured to have served the Society during this unprecedented time and we will finish our terms in June 2022 Congress. It will be changed over to a new Council (to be led by Russ S. Price, current President-Elect). We will soon give out a call from the ISRNM Nomination Committee for members and associate members to express your interests to join the coming nomination and next Council election. The election will be done online.
If you are interested to contribute to ISRNM in the coming years as a Council member/ Associate Council member, please email us at: secretariat@ISRNM.org

Partnerships with International Kidney Organizations

We are very honored to have partnered with several international kidney organizations to advance global kidney care in the areas of renal nutrition and metabolism:

  1. We have partnered with International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Global Kidney Health Atlas Team to develop the Global Kidney Nutrition Care Atlas.
    Assessing Global Kidney Nutrition Care. CJASN January 2022, 17 (1) 38-52; DOI: https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.07800621
    with an editorial accompanying this Society publication.
    We hope this collaborative work will form an important advocacy tool to raise awareness of the importance of renal nutrition care, improve global renal nutrition care and to promote governmental prioritization and allocation of resources and manpower for this essential component in kidney care worldwide, especially in lower income countries.

  2. We are partnering with ISN to develop a webinar program on renal nutrition education for emerging countries in 2022. More detailed announcement will be coming soon.

  3. We have teamed up with the International Federation of Kidney Foundation / World Kidney Alliance (WKA) on the World Kidney Recipes project to promote healthy kidney diet and smart eating for our kidney patients.
    Do read up the editorial by Kam Kalantar-Zadeh et al. The World Kidney Recipes: Teaming up to Empower Patients, Care-Partners, Dietitians, and Chefs With Culinary Creativity and Multicultural Diversity in Renal Nutrition and Dietetics in J Renal Nutrition 2021;volume 31, issue 6, P545-549, 2021  DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jrn.2021.08.007.

  4. Joint KDIGO-ISRNM webinar sessions on diabetes and blood pressure management in kidney disease are currently under preparation for 2022.

We are also very pleased to update you some of the work prepared by the various Committees in the last year and some new initiatives in the new year. Thanks to all our Committee chair members for their wonderful efforts and contributions.

Patients Resources

The Patients Resources Committee (PRC) led by Keiichi Sumida has showcased many useful contents including Kidney-Friendly Recipes, Sponsored Recipes, Visual Aids for Healthy Living for patients’ education and Patients’ Blog from all over the world (eg. Japan, Malaysia, Italy, Chile, South Africa, Brazil) in the past year and will continue to do so in the new year. Thanks to all the recipes’ contributors including:

  • Ms. Denise Mafra and her team (Brazilian recipes)

  • Ms. Yuka Kawate, Dr. Shiho Kosaka, and members of Japan Kyoto team (Japanese recipes)

  • Miss Foong Pui Hing (Malaysian recipes)

  • Ms. Anna Laura Fantuzzi, Ms. Elisa Berri, and Ms. Rossella Giannini (Italian recipes)

  • Ms. Francisca Peña D. and Ms. Paulina Fernández A. (Chilean recipes)

  • Ms. Estelle Dupin (French recipes)

  • Mrs. Cecile Verseput contributed to Visual Aids Series for Healthy Kidney Diet.

  • Patients Mr. Takeshi Shukunobe and Miss Tso Mun Yi shared their experience and thoughts in Patients’ Voice. (Dr. Yukie Kitajima created a video of Mr. Shukunobe’s video.)

...and to Keiichi and all members of the PRC for all the content development in our Patients Corner. 
Our Patients’ Corner is a vibrant global platform for kidney health professionals and patients’ network round the world to disseminate recipes of kidney healthy diets, promote education activities for smart food and eating tips for kidney health and engage patients in their renal nutrition and metabolism management.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite all of you and your patients from around the world to join us at ISRNM and share interesting ‘Kidney-Friendly Recipes’, ‘Food tips’ and Patients blog from your countries with the rest of the world.

 

Education Events

The Education Committee chaired by Mr Brandon Kistler has organised 14 education webinars in the last year and will continue to do so in the coming year. All live webinar sessions have been very well attended by health professionals from around the world. The recordings are available to members for viewing post-webinar event in our Members Zone.
Do join ISRNM membership to access these webinars at your own leisure.
In the coming year, there will be joint KDIGO-ISRNM webinars on i) diabetes and kidney disease management, ii) blood pressure management in kidney disease. We are also honoured to hold joint webinar with ISN on renal nutrition management for lower income/lower middle income countries and joint webinars with the International Federation of Kidney Foundation (IFKF/WKA) on World Kidney Recipes (WKR) project.

Thanks to Ms Annabel Biruete, co-chair of our Education Committee for leading and developing “Article Bites” in the last year, which provides a monthly update of ‘hot’ or ‘new release’ papers in the areas of renal nutrition and metabolism. A special thanks to Ms Annabel Biruete and Dr. Cai Guang-Yan for helping to translate the monthly Article Bites into Spanish and Chinese to enable a broader reach of our Article Bites worldwide.

 

Future Congresses

The next ICRNM after the China Congress will be hosted in Hyderabad, India in 2024 (Congress President: Dr. K.S. Nayak). While the exact date will be announced later, please take note that the timeline to bid for the ICRNM 2026 will start on 1st December 1st 2023.
If you are interested to host and bid for ICRNM 2026, please write to our Secretariat: secretariat@isrnm.org

 

Social Media

The Social Media Committee of ISRNM chaired by Dr. Kam Kalantar-Zadeh and Mr Brandon Kistler was formed in May 2021. This new committee aims to increase the visibility and expand the reach of ISRNM, and Journal of Renal Nutrition worldwide. The Committee oversees our various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We are pleased to share that the ISRNM Twitter handle has surpassed 1,300 followers and had approximately 360,000 unique impressions during 2021. Additionally, ISRNM Social Media Committee has created and updated the Twitter handle for Journal of Renal Nutrition that has surpassed 1000 followers with exceptionally effective outreach. Congratulations to Brandon and Kam and the entire Social Media Committee for all their big efforts in promoting ISRNM!
Please continue to follow us on these social media platforms to stay in touch with all ISRNM activities and education events!

Memberships

We are very pleased to see an increase in ISRNM memberships in the last year. We appreciate how health professionals from around the world are interested in having web-based connections with ISRNM, joining our education programs and engaging in our activities during this challenging time when travel is very much restricted.
We are also very pleased to see a large number of individuals (including health professionals, patients and other stakeholders) signing up for our society newsletter and Patients’ Corner. Please continue to engage with our activities and support ISRNM in 2022!
Feel free to contact our Secretariat for your suggestions on ISRNM activities!  If you are interested to join the working Committees of ISRNM, please email secretariat@ISRNM.org
Do join ISRNM membership to have free access of ISRNM education webinars, J Renal Nutrition, discounted registration fees for our biennial congresses and work with us to advance global care in renal nutrition and metabolism!

International Relations Committee

We would like to thank Ms Alison Steiber for her leadership of the International Relations Committee in the last year and we welcome Dr Jimmy Teo (Singapore) as the new Chair of the International Relations Committee. We would like to thank all the Committee Chairs and Members for all their work.

Acknowledgement

Our activities would not be feasible without your support. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge fund support from the following companies to ISRNM in the last year: Fresenius Kabi, Dr Schaer Flavis, BBraun Avitum Italy and BBRAUN Milan.  We look forward to more collaborations with you and other companies in the coming year. If you are interested to sponsor our education events in the coming year, please email us at: Secretariat@ISRNM.org

Last, may I give my very best wishes to you and your family for the New Year! We look forward to a promising 2022 that is full of exciting opportunities to advance global care in renal nutrition and metabolism!
With warmest regards,

 

 

 

 

Angela Yee-Moon Wang

President, International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism

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